KT Casebook Opportunity

Does your project with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) have an interesting knowledge translation (KT) story to tell? We want to hear it. Sign up today to be included in the 8th edition of the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s (Center on KTDRR’s) KT Casebook by June 30, 2020. The KT Casebook shares examples of how NIDILRR grantees have engaged in successful KT strategies throughout the years. It also identifies factors that affect KT success while showing how each project demonstrates the outcomes and impact of its KT activities.

Get in touch with the Center on KTDRR to ask about how you can promote your success in the KT Casebook.

KT Technical Assistance Grantee Network Discusses COVID-19 Challenges

The NIDILRR Grantee KT Technical Assistance (TA) Network met in May 2020 to discuss KT challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members shared a variety of pertinent resources, such as plain-language information on the pandemic for people with disabilities and accessibility considerations for government entities as they respond to the ongoing pandemic. Carolyn Shimmin of the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation gave a presentation and fielded questions on engaging stakeholders online, a topic that has become increasingly relevant in recent months due to nationwide stay-at-home procedures.

As members of the TA Network, NIDILRR grantees communicate with one another to share information about their KT activities, successes, and challenges. TA Network meetings are designed to be highly interactive, and agenda topics are determined by the group’s needs and interests. KTDRR facilitates a twice-annual online meeting of the Network.

For more information or to be added to the TA Network contact list, please e-mail Ann Outlaw at AOutlaw@air.org or Ariana Hammersmith at AHammersmith@air.org.

Center on KTDRR’s Community of Practice on
Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation Research

The Community of Practice on Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CoP-EDR) at the Center on KTDRR focuses on the creation, evaluation, and use of evidence and related topics identified by its members. The CoP-EDR is facilitated by Marcel Dijkers, PhD, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Learn about the CoP-EDR.

The most recent CoP-EDR meeting on April 29 included a presentation from Southwest ADA Center staff George Powers about telemedicine for people with disabilities. See Telemedicine: Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities (Powers, Frieden, & Nguyen, 2017)

In addition, James Thomas of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-Ordinating Centre shared updates on current COVID-19 research and resources, including a living map of the available evidence.

Additional resources on telehealth appear in a separate article at the end of this KT Update issue.

Upcoming CoP-EDR teleconferences:

  • June 24, 2020 (3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) Results from “The Quality of Rehabilitation Clinical Practice Guidelines: An Overview Study of AGREE II Appraisals.”
  • September 23, 2020 (3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) Tentative Topic: Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews

For more information, contact Joann Starks: JStarks@air.org

Save the Date! #KTDRR20:
Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference:
Social Media Strategies for Knowledge Translation

Mark your calendars—KTDRR's free, virtual conference will take place across three afternoons during one week: 1:00–5:00 pm Eastern Time each day on October 26, 28, and 30, 2020.

The conference is designed to address the KT needs of NIDILRR grantees and other stakeholders. Global experts will present on impactful topics, including:

  • Using social media to design outcomes
  • Strategies for using social media for subject recruitment and stakeholder engagement
  • Examples of projects that use social media for KT

The conference also provides opportunities to network with other KT experts and researchers. Registration will be open soon!

Register for KTDRR’s “Knowledge Translation Principles, Planning, Strategies, and Measurement” Training Course

The Center on KTDRR is excited to bring a comprehensive, five-part training course on relevant KT topics to NIDILRR grantees. The learn-at-your-own-pace modules will promote the use of findings and products starting from a project’s planning phases through measuring its impact. The modules will be broken into the following topics:

  • KT Basics and Plans
  • The “Knowledge” of KT
  • Identifying Stakeholder Needs
  • Applying KT From Proposals to Reality
  • Monitoring and Evaluating KT

The course is free and open to all NIDLRR grantees.

Register now to receive updates on the training series

NARRTC’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference November 19-20, 2020

Make plans to participate in the next annual meeting and conference of NARRTC the national association of NIDILRR grantees. Originally scheduled in April, the meeting has been moved to November 19–20, 2020. The theme of NARRTC’s 42nd annual conference is Telling Our Story: Past, Present, and Future. Learn about cutting-edge research and KT activities and take advantage of networking opportunities with NIDILRR staff as well as new and experienced grantees.

Come network with NIDILRR staff hosting roundtables, hear and watch grantees present papers and posters, and give a round of applause to winners of the Best Paper and Best Poster awards, as well as winners of NARRTC service awards.

For the latest updates, visit the NARRTC website

Curated Resources on COVID-19
from the Center on KTDRR’s CoP-EDR

The resources below were shared during the April 29, 2020 meeting of the Center on KTDRR’s CoP-EDR with its members and we include them in this issue of KT Update so that our readers might benefit from them too. Most resources focus on telehealth.

1) COVID-END – https://www.mcmasterforum.org/networks/covid-end

2) School closure logic model – https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_kuvvCJo=/

3) Resources on Telemedicine and COVID-19:

Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR)

The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant number 90DPKT0001 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Copyright © 2020 by American Institutes for Research